Gerard Manley Hopkins:”Pied Beauty” (published in 1918)

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889): English poet

Gerard Manley Hopkins did not publish his poems during his lifetime. In 1918, his friend and poet Robert Bridges edited and published a volume of Hopkins’s poems. Hopkins was an innovative poet. He introduced new rhythmic effects (“sprung rhythm”) and used words in unusual ways.

“Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

Credit: This poem is in the public domain.
Date Published: 1918